Canadian government announces migration level for 2017
The government of Canada has announced that it will allow only 3,00,000 immigrants to enter in the country in 2017.
However, it is the same number as the government had announced in 2016 even though an expert panel recommended the government to raise the immigration levels.
John McCallum, Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship, on Monday headed the immigration proposal for 2017 in the Canada Parliament.
“The 2017 plan level will help Canada in building a strong position for the future and support our overall economic development as well as social development as a country,” Mr. McCallum said.
An official government statement said that the 2017 plan levels are “a thoughtful, responsive approach that takes into consideration the country’s need for more immigrants while balancing out the fiscal responsibilities.”
The announcement comes amidst continuous warnings from the Liberal Party’s economic council of advisers that Canada ought to raise its immigration levels by the tens of thousands in order to ensure better economic growth in future.
The council also recommended that the government should gradually increase immigration levels to 450,000 per year in the next five years, a report suggested.
The target number of immigrants from the year 2011 to 2015 was 2,60,000, but it eventually grew to 3,00,000 this year because of what Mr. McCallum had called the “special circumstances” of the Syrian refugee crisis.
There has been numerous debates over the targeted immigration number during a time when Canada, as a whole struggles with high unemployment.
2017 target has boosted the entries for those in the economic class primarily skilled workers, business people and care-givers — to 1,72,500 from 1,60,600.
In a family class, the number of earning spouses, partners, children, parents and grandparents will climb to 84,000 from 80,000.